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Sony: We Won't Discuss The PS4 "For Quite Some Time"

Sony has reiterated their intention for the PlayStation 3: ten years or more.

And although many rumors have been circulating concerning Sony's next piece of hardware, SCEA president Jack Tretton says gamers shouldn't hold their breath for the PS4. Tretton spoke to Forbes about a variety of topics, including the recently revealed PlayStation Vita, and said the PS3 is "really just hitting its stride."

"And technologically, I don't think it's possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we've seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we've got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn't look for any discussion of a next-generation PlayStation for quite some time."

As far as most gamers are concerned, that's just fine.  The PS3 has a long way to go and developers agree that right now, the machine is hitting its stride.  Many also believe it's the only current platform left that has more potential; i.e., we haven't seen the best the PS3 has to offer just yet.  Obviously, the announcement of the Wii U and the rumblings of a new Xbox haven't forced Sony's hand; no jumping the gun concerning the PS4.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, new playstation

6/20/2011 8:37:28 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (43 posts)

tes37
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 9:51:04 PM
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If I remember correctly, in the past, console manufacturers were the only ones who could pull the most potential out of their machines. They would then release new development tools and techniques to developers, to help them make games better while speeding up development time. It makes me wonder if Sony holds out on certain things until a time that they deem appropriate.

It seems Sony has something up their sleeve, other than deodorant, that's keeping them from sweating over the competition.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:00:53 PM
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I remember about 6 months ago I was wanting more headlines and exposure for PS4 and Next-Box.
Now I wish they'd go away lol

It seems everyone in the industry has something to say about the next gen and when it will start etc.

But seeing that this story is straight from Sony themselves instead of some other dev making stuff up, it's good to know where Sony stands on the matter.

I have tons of games to play and not a whole lot of money in the next couple years, so I'm good with the consoles I've got for now.

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Jawknee
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:04:45 PM

Seriously, I have never spent more time or money gaming in past generations as I have this gen. Seems like there hasn't been a drout since the PS3 library started taking off in 2008. The last two gens I never had games on a back log. This gen I have a ton.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 6:23:45 AM

Yeah me too Jawk. And I love it!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 4:01:14 PM

Jawknee,
I know what you mean.
As of a few days ago, I've now got 134 PS3 games, with at least a good 75+= that are in backlog mode.

And seeing how the USPS also broke my 2 week old 640 HD when they smashed my Phat princess, which I had over 50 game saves that I can't no longer retrieve off of it that were between 2/3 to almost completed, now I'll have to re-play all of them again just to finish those up too.

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Jawknee
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:02:23 PM
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Fine by me. Just keep making games covered in awesome-sauce and I'll be happy while I wait.

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Dreno
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:09:24 PM

I hear that.

Id like a lot more helpings of awesome-sauce covered games.

( took me 3 times to psot that comment to get it where I wanted it... wow, I need to slap myself now )

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:27:59 PM

waiter i'll have what their having!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:03:33 PM
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I haven't seen squat coverage regarding the nextbox, is there a particular reason people aren't as interested in MS's next console as they are in the PS4? Do people understand that this is about the games finally?

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SoulController
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:49:36 PM

Lets hope so ...

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 2:44:32 AM

Please let it by so. Devs got poisoned and decieved by the devil this gen and something tells me that they knew it...

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PAKINIPS
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 4:20:59 PM

I've heard they are announcing it at next years E3

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Mamills
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:05:57 PM
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yea, not gonna upgrade for a while,
my lesson learned this generation?
dont buy till they offer the slimmer model.

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Lord carlos
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:57:01 PM

Agreed comrade

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 2:45:44 AM

I don't even think that I'm going for the slimmer more efficient model if it come the NA.

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Alienange
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:28:03 PM
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Regardless, I still hate how slow the in-game xmb is. The system is good, but an upgrade wouldn't hurt. I just don't think the upgrade has to be so much though. For example, the xmb is old news now. We need a real gamer hub when we turn on our consoles. The more patches they put into the firmware for this and that, the more apparent it becomes that what we need, is an upgraded PS3. One that plays all our current games, but also allows for proper expansion.

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Jawknee
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:37:53 PM

You think it's slow? Really? I have only experienced lag with certain games. Usually with games by subpar developers.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:41:02 PM

Mines as speedy as it ever was, unless you go to it while in-game of course.

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Jawknee
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:46:50 PM

Even when I am in game it runs just fine. Admittedly there are some games where it lags but that's on the developer. Not Sony or the PS3.

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JMO_INDY
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:59:34 PM

I still can't believe people complain over the XMB, I love it honestly, if I could have it for my computer I sure as hell would. I wish you could have that as an option on VAIOs.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 1:49:37 AM

Just wondering if people who think the XMB is slow have large replacement HDDs installed (and lots of stuff on it). I think my XMB is loading more slowly now since my HDD is nearly full (I'm storing stuff on it while transferring from one external drive to another).

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Beamboom
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 6:26:06 AM

Fane, I think you are on to something there. Also that makes sense.

I did imagine I experienced quite a performance jump when I inserted a new disk in my first ps3.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 3:02:30 PM

Mine loads pretty quickly, it probably depends on how much stuff you have on your HDD I think what Fane said.

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VampDeLeon
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 10:59:39 PM
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Good, we all have too much to save up on games already (and upcoming Vita) let alone a new console right now.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 2:48:50 AM

Right. With the PS2 gen it was evident that things were slowing down and not much was coming. It was a good time to start the next gaming gen then. As for right now with this gen, far from it. At least with the PS3.

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SpikeSpiegel
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:09:06 PM
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It's a good thing there isn't any new systems coming. I'm still trying to convince my wife that our PS3 is the superior machine over the 360.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:25:37 PM

more Bebop fans in the house, alright alright alright.

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SpikeSpiegel
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:35:20 PM

I've always been in the house, per se... just never been vocal. Glad to hear I'm amongst fellow fans.

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Russell Burrows
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:29:34 PM
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Ps3 is the BETTER option since Microsoft is trying very hard to screw the customer base and lock them into proprietary items even onto killing any third party options, i.e. MS versus DATEL cards,,,,,,,,,,bah! greedy Microscrew!

As fas as PS4 well we still have to see some smaller plastic mold cases for the PS3, then theres a faster blu ray drive being looked at for ps3, smaller i.e? 22 nm chips that are less costly to make, etc.

Long way to go yet on the ps3 road.

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Qubex
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 11:49:18 PM
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I think PS3 owners, such as myself, who are looking to "upgrade" now will get a PC to compliment their PS3 gaming. I feel then you have the best of both worlds...

When I purchase my new laptop at the end of the year, or just after Christmas when the prices drop, I won't mind how long the PS4 takes to materialise. I will have the PC for the games I feel would do well on it, and my PS3 for the exclusives and my favourite IP's I enjoy currently...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Temjin001
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:31:25 AM

Haha you crack me up Qubex. Spoken from the guy who just got a new high powered PC ;)

I don't know man. I don't think you'll find many guys here who feel the need to add a PC to their PS3 platform. I'd say right now they're too amped up for the Vita to be scoping out other pastures.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 10:47:35 AM

I won't ever get a pc for gaming. Why? I don't like it. I realize the potential in PC's but for online gaming I like my PS3 community and that all my friends have PS3's. Really the only games I see enjoyable on Pc would be FPS or maybe some RPG action. But again as far as the FPS go, the community for mp will rule that out for me. And my choice has nothing to do with vita either, it's an amazing little machine but im not sure yet if I'll buy one.

Both my roommates are/were pc guys for a long time. One owns a local computer store where all they do really is build custom PC's. The other is his "builder" I guess you could say, I don't know his job title. They both still play their PC's for games like rift and wow and Starcraft. But everything else is for their PS3's. They just got into consoles this gen about 2 years ago, and it's apparent they only look back for the games they can't get on consoles. Not to mention one roomate actually sold his gaming PC when KZ3 came out.

It seems in your case, it'll be a good fit. But for others they are not adding a PC but actually leaning more towards the consoles. I don't know but it says a lot about a console when hardcore PC players are willing to convert to consoles for their main gaming experience.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 3:10:20 PM

I need to get a new PC but I don't have the funds to get an outstanding PC rig. There is some games on the PC I want to play mostly RPG's and a bit of FPS games.

I love both PC and the PS3, but when I play on PC I don't feel comfortable because I've always been playing consoles since I was young and that's where I have been for so long so it feels more natural to me. I'm not saying I hate PC I love it just don't have a very good PC.

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LittleBigMidget
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 1:04:59 AM
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We better hear something by at least by Dec 2012.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 4:19:55 AM
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this aversion to new technology is strange. they keep saying it won't be a big upgrade and that worries me. computer tech has come a long way over the past 5 yrs. just getting games up to 1080p 60 fps would be a big upgrade. throw in a lot of ram, and i think you would see a pretty dramitic leap in texture quality along with the resolution boost. 60 fps would also help games play better.

all i know is sony better be ready to luanch with a powerful new console the minute ms is ready. i don't think sony can afford to let ms get a system out before them. it didn't work last gen, and ms has a lot of momentum now.

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___________
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 5:01:03 AM
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sigh.
$ony yet again contradicting themselves!
was i dreaming, or did we not see a few articles on it this week?

how can he say theres no way to make advancements?
what, theres no hardware out there that could advance whats in the ps3?
what a crock of sh*t!
dunno WTF hes talking about with the competition adding features already available with the ps3.
last time i checked the ps3 does not have kinect styled support, nor does it have touch screens in its controllers, nor can it stream gameplay to the controller.
is it just me, or do sony have the most arrogant employees?

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Highlander
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 8:20:54 AM

It's just you, projecting your own arrogance.

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Dreno
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 9:49:36 AM

Actually _________,

I read awhile on g4, (when the kinect was fairely new ) that modder managed to make a mod that allowed the kinect be work and be used on the ps3's xmb menu.

Whle your right that it doesn't have games that support kinect, the kinect can be used on the ps3. So yes, the ps3 does have kinect styled support. In a sense anyways. But still.

Next.

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Dreno
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 10:11:17 AM

excuse me, i was slightely wrong in my reply.

it wasnt a mod. and it wasnt a hack. heres some links.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QnWDRF9w7k
thats a video of the guy who did it using the kinect on the ps3.

http://tech.shantanugoel.com/2011/03/20/making-kinect-work-with-ps3.html

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___________
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 10:33:50 AM

it was a hack, and they got it working on KZ3 but it was SERIOUSLY laggy!
point is, hes saying all our competition is doing is copying us.
well, sony have been doing absolutely nothing but copying ninty since the original playstation came out!

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Jawknee
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 11:13:33 AM

"sony have been doing absolutely nothing but copying ninty since the original playstation came out!"

Enough with the lies George Cantstandya.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 12:37:59 PM

Nice, Jawky Absoluteagreewithya. Long name you have by the way. XD

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PharaohJR
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 7:56:21 PM
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hmmm.... good news to me. as i said im enjoying PS3 run it does everything & beyond available now.

whatever Sony does i just hope they dont turn into a casual system with PS4. I stand its business & can increase profit but is money worth losing gaming..... i play VG for interaction in worlds created by those with thoughtful aspects. make sure yall dont forget those who are the foundation of gaming not these folks who purchase a game for online & only play Vg since its in style now.

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